2020 - 2021 Mitchell Lecture Series
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Stacia Yeapanis’ work is born of a longing for stillness and a compulsion towards action. Her cross-stitch embroideries, remix videos, and improvised installations sit at the intersection of habit and ritual, neurosis and spirituality, addiction and meditation. In this lecture, Stacia will discuss collecting, collage/remix, working horizontally and impermanence as foundational strategies in her studio. She’ll also address TV shows as sacred texts, hobbies as holy rites and brushing her cats as a devotional act.
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Stacia Yeapanis is a Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer. She explores the relationship between repetition, suffering and impermanence in cross-stitch embroideries, remix videos, temporary collages and improvised, sculptural installations. Yeapanis is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at SAIC, where she earned her MFA in 2006 and won a Marion Kryczka Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020. Her first monograph was published jointly by Aperture and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in 2009. Yeapanis was a 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence and a 2012-2013 Mentor-in-Residence at Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s BOLT Residency. Her solo exhibitions include shows at Siena Heights University (Michigan 2013), Heaven Gallery (Chicago 2014), Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis 2017), Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery (Palos Hills, Illinois 2018) and Kent State, Stark (North Canton, Ohio 2019), and Finlandia University (Hancock, Michigan 2020). Stacia is the Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence at Zócalo Apartments in Houston, TX.